GOP organization the Lincoln Project hit President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE on Thursday with a Russian-language ad offering a mock “endorsement” from Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinRussia votes in favor of referendum banning gay marriage ‘Comrade’ Trump gets ‘endorsement’ from Putin in new mock ad by Lincoln Project Pelosi: Trump ‘himself is a hoax’ MORE.
The new ad, entitled “Fellow Traveler,” says in Russian with English subtitles that “Comrade Trump” has “once again” gotten Putin’s blessing in the run-up to November’s general election.
“The most important endorsement Donald Trump received in 2016 was not from your Senate Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell‘Comrade’ Trump gets ‘endorsement’ from Putin in new mock ad by Lincoln Project ACLU calls on Congress to approve COVID-19 testing for immigrants Carville repeats prediction that Trump will drop out of race MORE [R-Ky.],” the ad’s English translation reads. “Donald Trump received the most important endorsement in 2016 from our great leader, Vladimir Putin.”
The intelligence community concluded years ago that Moscow interfered in the last presidential vote with the intention of helping to elect Trump, a conclusion Trump has long rejected.
“Our special services worked overtime to elect Comrade Trump. We waged a war against the so-called ‘truth,’ and convinced you decadent Americans to believe in our comrade,” the ad says.
It arrives just days after the anti-Trump Republican group debuted another video targeting the president over reports on Russia offering bounties to encourage Taliban militants to kill coalition troops, including American soldiers.
Trump has insisted he was never briefed on that intelligence, dismissing the news as a “hoax” designed to make him look bad.
“Russia thanks you for your loyalty and friendship,” the new ad says.
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